Asylum-seeking children swing in a hammock along the banks of the Rio Grande at a migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, on May 15. (Verónica G. Cárdenas for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Deportation News Pro Publica

House Democrats demand Trump Administration stop rushing through deportations of migrant children

Democratic congressional leaders expressed alarm at the sudden acceleration and requested the government “cease this practice immediately.” by Lomi Kriel May 28, 5 a.m. CDT Democratic congressional leaders expressed alarm Wednesday at a sudden acceleration in…

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After seven months apart, a Salvadoran mother and her two young daughters were reunited in Houston in May, although the federal government is trying to deport the girls, both victims of sexual assault. (Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune/ProPublica)
Posted in Asylum Coronavirus Deportation Family Separation News Pro Publica

The Trump Administration is rushing deportations of migrant children during coronavirus

Their father was missing. Their mother was miles away. Two sisters, ages 8 and 11, were survivors of sexual assault and at risk of deportation. With the nation focused on COVID-19, the U.S. government is rushing…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

100,000 lives lost to COVID-19. What did they teach us?

Each person who has died of COVID-19 was somebody’s everything. Even as we mourn for those we knew, cry for those we loved and consider those who have died uncounted, the full tragedy of the pandemic…

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Abandoned mask
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Masks sold by former White House official to Navajo hospitals don’t meet FDA standards

New information from the Indian Health Service calls into question why the agency purchased expensive medical gear that it now cannot use as intended. by Yeganeh Torbati and Derek Willis May 27, 5:20 p.m. EDT The…

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Posted in Accountability Congressional Oversight Coronavirus Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

A closer look at federal COVID contractors reveals inexperience, fraud accusations and a weapons dealer operating out of someone’s house

The Trump administration has promised at least $1.8 billion to 335 first-time contractors, often without competitive bidding or thorough vetting of their backgrounds. by Ryan Gabrielson, Lydia DePillis, J. David McSwane and Derek Willis, ProPublica, and…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Safety Net

Democratic congressman calls for probe into former White House official’s $3 million mask deal

Trump’s former deputy chief of staff won a $3 million federal contract just days after registering his company. He delivered masks to Navajo hospitals that may not work. Rep. Gerry Connolly asked the HHS inspector general’s…

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Employees at one Nike facility were given face masks like the one above. (Obtained by ProPublica and MLK50)
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health

Nike turned away a public health official from Its warehouse days after a worker with COVID-19 died

The Health Department received a complaint that a Nike warehouse wasn’t being cleaned thoroughly or allowing for social distancing. Its inspector wasn’t allowed inside. Twenty-one workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Nike’s Memphis locations. by…

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Posted in Children Coronavirus News Pro Publica

What parents should know about coronavirus as kids return to babysitters, day cares and camps

You never planned on raising kids during a pandemic, and there are no easy decisions. ProPublica scoured the latest research and talked to seven infectious disease and public health experts to help think through the issues…

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Zach Fuentes, White House Lawn, September 2018
Posted in Navajo News Pro Publica

The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals. Some May Not Work.

Zach Fuentes, former deputy chief of staff to President Trump, won the contract just days after registering his company. He sold Chinese masks to the government just as federal regulators were scrutinizing foreign-made equipment. by Yeganeh…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Housing News Pro Publica Safety Net

Rent is still due in Kushnerville

Government stimulus checks and a temporary ban on evictions are tiding over the suddenly jobless residents of housing complexes owned by Jared Kushner’s company. But what will happen when both soon run out?      …

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Wedding planner, caterer, “brand builder”: Trump’s food aid program Is paying $100+ million to unlicensed dealers

Contractors with no experience in food distribution are looking for suppliers on Facebook while some food banks scramble to find desperately needed deliveries. by Isaac Arnsdorf Tuesday, May 19, 6 a.m. EDT A food relief program…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News Pro Publica

Can you be evicted during Coronavirus? Here’s how to find out.

The CARES Act temporarily protects millions of renters from being evicted, and many states and cities passed their own rules to help those struggling to pay rent. Use our new database to find out if eviction…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Culture Journalism Pro Publica

“Immune to Evidence”: How dangerous Coronavirus conspiracies spread

Conspiratorial videos and websites about COVID-19 are going viral. Here’s how one of the authors of “The Conspiracy Theory Handbook” says you can fight back. One big takeaway: Focus your efforts on people who can hear…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Another private jet company owned by a Trump donor got a bailout — This one for $20 million

The two private jet companies are among the first 96 airline companies disclosed as recipients of taxpayer funds under the CARES Act. by Jake Pearson May 15, 5:02 p.m. EDT An Omaha, Nebraska-based private jet company…

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Posted in Banks News Pro Publica

Whistleblower: Wall Street has engaged in widespread manipulation of mortgage funds

Securities that contain loans for properties like hotels and office buildings have inflated profits, the whistleblower claims. As the pandemic hammers the economy, that could increase the chances of another mortgage collapse. by Heather Vogell Friday,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Labor News Pro Publica

Healthcare workers getting sick across US. 31,000 and counting

A lobbying campaign driven by scarcity pushed the CDC to relax protective gear guidelines. Now tens of thousands of health workers are infected.   By Jennifer Gollan and Elizabeth Shogren May 11, 2020 Rick Lucas’ cellphone chimed, alerting him…

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Posted in News Pro Publica While we were looking elsewhere

The Justice Department accidentally released the name of Saudi official suspected of helping the 9/11 hijackers

William Barr’s DOJ inadvertently named Saudi official Musaed al-Jarrah in a court filing after trying for two years to conceal his identity. by Tim Golden and Sebastian Rotella Wednesday, May 13, 7:32 p.m. EDT After an…

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Posted in Coronavirus ICE News Pro Publica

COVID-19 Cases at one Texas immigration detention center soared in a matter of days. Now, town leaders want answers.

Coronavirus infections continue to rise at migrant detention facilities in towns with limited resources. Some local governments want details on what’s being done to safeguard the public. by Perla Trevizo May 11, 10 AM MST It…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Pro Publica

The bailout Is working — for the rich

The economy is in free fall but Wall Street is thriving, and stocks of big private equity firms are soaring dramatically higher. That tells you who investors think is the real beneficiary of the federal government’s…

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In Some of Ohio’s Most Populous Areas, Black People Were at Least 4 Times as Likely to Be Charged With Stay-at-Home Violations as Whites

Crowds of mostly white protesters have defied Ohio’s stay-at-home order without arrest, while in several of the state’s biggest jurisdictions, police departments have primarily arrested black people for violating the order. by Joshua Kaplan and Benjamin…

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The TSA hoarded 1.3 million N95 masks even though airports are empty and it doesn’t need them

TSA officials stockpiled a huge shipment of N95 masks they knew they didn’t need even after two agency officials asked to donate them. Airport traffic fell 95 percent, and the masks have sat unused as hospitals…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica SCOTUS Taxes Trump Inc

Meet the shadowy accountants who do Trump’s taxes and help him seem richer than he is

The Supreme Court fight over Donald Trump’s tax returns has pushed his accounting firm into the limelight. In various episodes over 30 years, partners — including the CEO — have run into trouble for fraud, misconduct…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Trump hasn’t released funds that help families of COVID-19 victims pay for burials.

In past national disasters, FEMA has given money to families of victims to help pay for funerals. After our story showing that Trump had not yet permitted that, the chairmen of two House committees demanded he…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Undocumented workers

Los New Yorkers: Essential and Underprotected in the Pandemic’s Epicenter

In a city besieged, undocumented New Yorkers have been left outside public measures to help those impacted by the spread of the coronavirus. Instead, they weigh impossible choices: medical help and exposure, safety or sustenance. by…

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